Summary

4/25/2013--Introduced.Improving the Lives of Children with Spina Bifida Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a three-year pilot program to assess... Read More

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This bill was introduced on Apr 25, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Apr 25, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out pilot programs on furnishing case management services and assisted living to children of Vietnam veterans and certain Korea service veterans born with spina bifida and children of women Vietnam veterans born with certain birth defects, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Improving the Lives of Children with Spina Bifida Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. PILOT PROGRAM ON FURNISHING CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES TO CHILDREN OF VIETNAM VETERANS AND CERTAIN KOREA SERVICE VETERANS BORN WITH SPINA BIFIDA AND CHILDREN OF WOMEN VIETNAM VETERANS BORN WITH CERTAIN BIRTH DEFECTS.

(a) Pilot Program.--Commencing not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall carry out a pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of furnishing to covered individuals case management services under a national contract with a third party entity. (b) Covered Individuals.--For purposes of this section, a covered individual is any individual who-- (1) is entitled to health care or other benefits under chapter 18 of title 38, United States Code; and (2) lives in a rural area and does not have access to case management services at the Department of Veterans Affairs or otherwise. (c) Duration.-- (1) In general.--Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the pilot program shall be carried out...

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213 Supporting
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State: CA

16 Supporting
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94% 6%

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Organizations Supporting

A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out pilot programs on furnishing case management services and assisted living to children of Vietnam veterans and certain Korea service veterans born with spina bifida and children of women Vietnam veterans born with certain birth defects, and for other purposes.

This full range of care should have already been provided to these young people suffering from Spina Bifida as a result of their parent having served in Vietnam. The initial law authorizing care for these citizens was enacted in 1997, and the statute was strengthened in 2008. Yet VA continues to drag its feet on at least some of the care for some individuals. These are some of our most vulnerable disabled, as a result of the war we fought, and to not fully assist them is just inexcusable. Many thanks to Senator Donnelly of Indiana for stepping up to the plate to ensure vitally needed care to these disabled children of Vietnam veterans.

It is about time the Senate takes action on behalf of A/O kids. These people were born with maladies of problems due to their parents' exposure to Agent Orange and Dioxins in TCDD. This country needs to honor its commitments to these individuals and their children before marching off to any other wars in foreign countries. Let's take care of America and her people.

DisabledVeterans.org 2 years ago

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Users Supporting

I support S. 832: Improving the Lives of Children with Spina Bifida Act of 2013 because... I have several medical issues I believe are attributed to being a child of a Vietnam vet who was awarded 100% disability due to agent orange exposure. However, he had to fight tooth and nail for it and its disgusting how government treats our vets and their ailing children!

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suecitysue74
NC-2
1 year ago

I support S. 832: Improving the Lives of Children with Spina Bifida Act of 2013 because... I am a poisoned U. S. Marine Nam Vet.

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FL
4
WillHolderMBA
FL-4
2 years ago

I support S. 832: Improving the Lives of Children with Spina Bifida Act of 2013 because... I am a child of a Vietnam Vet and suffer 35 plus known medical conditions including birth defects on a brain tumor.. we need help we need to relief we need medical care please have mercy on our souls

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NH
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ajsabo23
NH-2
2 years ago

I support S. 832: Improving the Lives of Children with Spina Bifida Act of 2013 because...Back in the late 1970's and all of the 1980's, there were many children born with these birth defects and there was data to prove it but our government fell to notify the families who struggled with the children of this condition until those children died. You must go to the record and find the children that were aborted because of the life style they would have been subjected to. It has been too long; please bring hope to those off springs of this terrible disease. They are children of Baby Boomers and they will eventually be left to survive on their own. Compensation could help set up for a quality life in the absence of their parents or caretakers.

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TX
22
ElizabethBrown
TX-22
2 years ago

I support S. 832: Improving the Lives of Children with Spina Bifida Act of 2013 because...both of my children were born with birth defects in 1970 and 1971. I am now 100% disabled because of agent orange and expect it will further affect my 2 children. So far none of my 5 grandkids have been affected. I hope at minimum they will be compensated with VA medical attention. I served and payed the price but my children shouldn't have to. Thank you, Semper Fi, Al Llapur

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FL
21
gombaco
FL-21
2 years ago

I support S. 832 ("A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out pilot programs on") because...You owe it to our Veterans that have fought and died for your Freedom.

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CA
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GilbertR
CA-52
2 years ago

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Bill Summary

4/25/2013--Introduced.Improving the Lives of Children with Spina Bifida Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a three-year pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of providing contracted case management services (services) to individuals entitled to VA benefits as children of Vietnam and Korean War veterans born with spina bifida, and children of women Vietnam veterans born with certain birth defects who live in a rural area and have no access to such services through the VA or otherwise. Authorizes the Secretary to extend the program for an additional two years. Allows the services to include the coordination and management of needed health care, monetary, general care, and transportation services. Requires the Secretary to: (1) notify eligible individuals, and (2) contract with an appropriate entity for the provision of such services. Directs the Secretary to carry out an additional pilot program (for the same period and with the same authorized extension) to assess the feasibility and advisability of providing assisted living, group home care or similar services, and transportation to the individuals described above. Requires the Secretary to: (1) notify eligible individuals, and (2) consider entering into an agreement with the appropriate service providers. Requires preliminary and final reports with respect to, and provides funding for, each pilot program.

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